Chris Ault Retires

After 28 years of coaching the University of Nevada, Reno’s Wolf Pack football team, Chris Ault is going to retire. The 66 year old Ault leaves behind a record of 233 wins, 109 losses, and 1 tie. In 2010, the Wolf Pack had a record of 13-1, and finished ranked 11th in the nation. He had one losing season in conference play in 1982.

His legacy goes beyond his record on the field. His offensive alignment called the “pistol” was innovative enough that some professional teams now use it in their game plan.

In 1980, while Nevada was in the Big Sky Conference, Ault is credited with creating the current overtime format used in college football. He is also considered the originator of the middle screen, or “jailbreak screen” which he unveiled in the 1981 season.

In his final season of 2012, he produced a record of 7-6, and lost to Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl on December 15th by a score of 49-48.

Harry Reid, Nevada Senator said the following about Chris Ault:

“Chris Ault is one of the greatest athletic figures in the history of Nevada. He was a great college athlete, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and invented the now famous ‘Pistol Offense’. But more than these athletic achievements, the Nevada Wolf Pack embodied what it means to be a team. Year after year there may have been more highly recruited players in the NCAA, but Coach Ault created a team and taught his players to work together. This philosophy brought the program great success. Coach Ault is one of the greatest coaches in college football history. I am honored to call him my friend and I cannot fully express in words what he has meant to the University of Nevada and to our state.”

He will be a tough act to follow.

James Turnage

News Correspondent-The Guardian Express

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